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• READ: MARK 9:30-37; 10:35-45; JOHN 10:11
Leadership. What does this word make you think of? Maybe, for you, leadership stirs up feelings of intimidation, fear, or doubt. Or maybe you get excited about leading! However you feel, in Christ, leadership is defined as service.
For Christians, leadership isn’t about personal glory or impressive
qualifications; it’s about being a servant who follows Jesus, the ultimate Servant-Leader.
Because our creative Designer wired every human uniquely and because the Holy Spirit gives each Christian a unique set of spiritual gifts, there are many different opportunities to serve. Some people serve as pastors or teachers, while others serve behind the scenes—glorifying God and living out the truth of the gospel in their work as secretaries, electricians, or food service workers. No matter where you are in life, you can serve others by showing the people around you who Jesus is (Galatians 6:9-10; Colossians 3:1-17).
God has given us each opportunities to serve—and to lead others to Him—in our unique lives and circumstances. Take a moment to ponder all the places you go each day—school, sports activities, work, church, or anywhere else. How many different groups of people do you interact with? Probably a lot! And the Lord has empowered you by His Spirit to serve others in every one of those places and groups of people (Ephesians 2:10). Isn’t that cool to think about?
What are your gifts? What are your passions? Ask God to work through the strengths He placed in you, and then watch Him use those strengths to further His kingdom. When you feel afraid or inadequate, lean on Jesus: He is with you through it all (Matthew 28:20). The Lord has a great purpose for you. Step into that. • Chelsea Leigh
• Who are some leaders in your life you look up to? What characteristics about them do you admire?
• What were some ways Jesus served His disciples in the Bible? How does that demonstrate leadership?
• When Jesus is leading you, how does that affect the way you lead others?
He sat down, called the twelve disciples over to him, and said, “Whoever wants to be first must take last place and be the servant of everyone else.” Mark 9:35 (NLT)
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• READ: EPHESIANS 4:29-32
Have you ever gotten a severe, deep cut? I remember falling off my bike going down a steep hill too quickly. I got a deep gash in my knee with blood soaking through the hole in my jeans. Right away, I hobbled on home to get it cleaned up and bandaged.
Over the next few days, we washed rocks and debris out again and again. It was a slow, painful process, but it was necessary. If I left any dirt, rock, or debris behind, infection could set in, causing a bigger problem. A festering wound can be pretty gross, smelly, and ugly. I wanted that gash dealt with quickly and completely so full healing could take place.
That wound reminds me of how unrighteous anger damages my relationships with the people around me. Ephesians 4:31 tells us to get rid of our selfish anger toward our fellow believers because anger can fester into a much bigger problem, like wrath or bitterness. These are even harder to treat and sometimes cause very painful divisions within the Body of Christ.
When your anger hurts someone, those harsh words or actions, like the debris in my wound, need to be washed away with the water of the Word (who is Jesus) and with forgiveness. Jesus is the ultimate Healer and Reconciler, and He will strengthen you through His Holy Spirit to heal the broken relationship. Once anger is washed away, add the healing balm of kindness and tenderheartedness (Ephesians 4:32). Go back and repeat the same steps as many times as necessary, just as I did with my gash.
Throughout this whole process, lean on Jesus’ forgiveness. He has cleansed us of our sins, healing our broken relationship with the Lord. Praise God! • Deborah del Villar
• How can our anger toward our fellow believers damage our witness to nonbelievers?
• When you are angry and don’t know how to fix a broken relationship, who is a trusted adult you can ask for advice?
• How does knowing Jesus has forgiven you affect the way you view people who have hurt you in their anger?
And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:32 (NKJV)